Soovin Kim, Co-Artistic Director
Internationally renowned violinist Soovin Kim performs as both a concert soloist and recitalist and with the Johannes String Quartet. In 2009 he founded the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont, which has quickly gained national attention for excellence in performance, innovative programming, educational outreach, and work with young composers and performers. Soovin received first prize at the Paganini International Competition when he was only 20 which launched an international concert career. He later was a recipient of such distinguished prizes as the Henryk Szeryng Career Award, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.
Soovin has released nine commercial CD recordings in recent years including Niccolò Paganini's demanding 24 Caprices and a French album of Fauré and Chausson with pianist Jeremy Denk and the Jupiter Quartet. He is currently working on a recording of the Bach works for solo violin. Soovin grew up in Plattsburgh, NY, and joined the Vermont Youth Orchestra as its then-youngest member at age 10. He is often heard in Vermont through his performances with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, on the Lane Series at the University of Vermont, on the Rochester Chamber Music Society series, at Middlebury College, with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and on Vermont Public Radio. Soovin is passionate about music education and joined the violin faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music in the Fall of 2014, after teaching at SUNY-Stony Brook and the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Gloria Chien, Co-Artistic Director
Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Chien has one of the most diverse musical lives as a noted performer, concert presenter, and educator. She was selected by the Boston Globe as one of its Superior Pianists of the year, "… who appears to excel in everything." She made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard, and performed again with the BSO with Keith Lockhart. In recent seasons she has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, the Kissingen Sommer festival, the Dresden Chamber Music Festival, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. A former member of CMS Two, she performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2009 she launched String Theory, a chamber music series at the Hunter Museum of American Art in downtown Chattanooga, that has become one of Tennessee's premier classical music presenters. The following year she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Music@Menlo festival by Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han. In 2017, she joined her husband, violinist Soovin Kim, as Co-Artistic Director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. Ms. Chien received her B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She holds the position of artist-in-residence at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. She is a Steinway Artist. Gloria's website.
David Ludwig, Resident Composer
David Ludwig is “a composer with something urgent to say” (Philadelphia Inquirer). His music has been described as “arresting and dramatically hued” (The New York Times) and “supercharged with electrical energy and raw emotion” (Fanfare). Ludwig has written for many prominent artists, including Jonathan Biss, Jennifer Koh, the Dover and Borromeo quartets, eighth blackbird, ECCO, and orchestras including the Philadelphia, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, and National Symphonies. In 2013 his choral work, The New Colossus, was selected to open the private prayer service for President Obama’s second inauguration. In 2012 NPR Music selected him as one of the Top 100 Composers Under Forty in the world.
This season’s highlights include the premiere of a concerto written for pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, commissioned by the Bravo! Vail music festival in honor of their thirtieth anniversary. David was also awarded a prestigious Pew Center for Arts and Heritage Performance Grant to support the creation of The Anchoress, a new song cycle for the PRISM Quartet, Piffaro “The Renaissance Band,” and soprano Hyunah Yu. The work will open the 2018-19 season for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Recent highlights include a violin concerto written for his wife, acclaimed violinist Bella Hristova; the concerto was commissioned by a consortium of eight orchestras across the United States. Other recent commission and performances include Titania’s Dream for the KLR Trio, Swan Song for Benjamin Beilman commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and Pictures from the Floating World commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra for bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
David is the recipient of the First Music Award, a two-time winner of the Independence Foundation Fellowship, and a Theodore Presser Foundation Career Grant, as well as awards from New Music USA, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has had multiple residencies at the Yaddo and MacDowell artist colonies, the Isabella Gardner Museum and Marlboro Music. He has served on the faculty of Yellow Barn and the Ravinia Steans Institute, and is Artistic Director of the Curtis Young Artist Summer Program.
Born in Bucks County, P.A., Ludwig comes from several generations of eminent musicians including grandfather Rudolf Serkin and great-grandfather Adolf Busch. He holds degrees from Oberlin, The Manhattan School, the Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School, and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Ludwig serves as the director of the composition faculty of Curtis and is the Gie and Lisa Liem Artistic Advisor and director of the Curtis 20/21 Contemporary Music Ensemble. David's website.
Jody Woos, Executive Director
Jody Woos joined the Festival staff in 2013. In addition to her work with the Festival, Jody founded the Green Mountain Suzuki Institute, a summer music camp for students ages 4 to adult, and directed it for 12 years. Her background is enormously varied, and includes broad teaching experience from pre-kindergarten through college, nonprofit management experience, and work with commissioning new chamber works for young players.
Jody received her B.A. degree from Oberlin College, and her PhD in Economics from Columbia University. Contact jody at email@example.com.
Kathleen Kono, ONE Strings Teacher
Kathleen Kono has been a music educator since 1996 both in private violin and viola lessons and group orchestra classes. She received music degrees from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and The University of Texas at Austin. Her students have consistently excelled at the Regional Solo, Ensemble and Orchestral Competitions and are very active in their area youth orchestras. Kathleen has twice been named Teacher of the Year at two separate schools in Texas and her orchestra was named 2nd Runner-Up in the State of Texas Honor Orchestra competition, the most elite orchestra competition in the state.
In 2011, Kathleen and her family relocated to Burlington Vermont where she teaches over 25 private students, serves as the violin instructor for the ONE Strings Program at the Integrated Arts Academy @HO Wheeler School in Burlington. She has most recently joined the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association staff as the Conductor of the Presto Orchestras. Although teaching is her passion, Kathleen is honored to play with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra in her spare time and volunteers frequently as a parent and musician with the Vermont Suzuki Violin Program.
Board of Directors
- David Adair, Secretary
- Katherine Banks
- Joseph Campanella Cleary
- Ducky Donath
- Stan Emery
- Valerie Graham, Vice President
- Stanley Greenberg
- Barbara Heilman
- Marc Law, Treasurer
- Arnie Malina, President
- Lisa Meyer
- Sandra Rendall
- Claude Schwesig
- Emily Taubl
- Robert Anker
- Frank Bayley
- Fred Child
- Glen Kwok
- Jaime Laredo
- Sharon Robinson
- Malcolm Severance
- Dana vanderHeyden